Elna Matilda Sofia Dotson, 86, of Decatur, IL, passed away Sunday, January 12,2020 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Service will be at 12:00 noon Friday, January 16 at the Ottawa Funeral Home, with Rev. Duane Kaufman officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 16 from 10:00am until the time of service at Ottawa Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Serena Cemetery.
Born to Oscar and Hedvig (Johansson) Bostrom on July 18, 1933 in Chicago, IL; died January 12, 2020 in Decatur, IL. Survived by husband Robert Dotson; brother Paul (Francine) Bostrom; sister June Bernero; sons Mark (Christine) Johnson, Cliff (Kelli) Johnson, and Jeff (Elizabeth) Johnson; daughters Dorothy (Stephen) Pomykala and Karin Stiegler; stepsons Chris Dotson and Matthew Dotson; “Nani” to grandsons Joshua Stiegler, Glen Stiegler, Ken Stiegler, Eric Johnson and Michael Pomykala (predeceased), and; granddaughters Kristin Pomykala, Jennifer Nieldjelski, Heather Christensen, Elena Johnson and Emma Johnson; and 11 great grandchildren.
Since Elna’s parents were immigrants from Sweden, Swedish was the first language she spoke. She did not learn English until she started school. Elna graduated from Chicago Calumet High School in 1951, married Kenneth Johnson in 1953 and raised 5 children in Chicago, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL. She was an accomplished musician, playing jazz and classical piano and serving as a church organist for many years. She had a very strong religious faith throughout her life, and was very active in her high school youth group at Redeemer Covenant Church in Chicago. She has been married to her loving husband Robert Dotson for 28 years.
Pallbearers will be Mark Johnson, Cliff Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Joshua Stiegler, Glen Stiegler, Ken Stiegler.
Memorials may be directed to American Lung Association at www.lung.org.
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